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MPs a no show at drug reform launch

BY JESSICA HILL Prominent supporters of drug law reform in Australia are unconvinced the NSW Government will implement recommendations from the Australia21 report published on Monday 20 March. The ‘Can Australia respond to drugs more effectively and safely?’ report is being hailed as the first of its kind due to the reports’ backing by prominent […]

Let’s get Sirius

BY JESSICA HILL Sydney has a history of destroying its heritage. We’ve seen a number of important and iconic buildings demolished to make way for newer, modern development. Tales of the structures that once stood proudly along Sydney’s streets filled my childhood. More often than not, these stories included a struggle between government, developers and […]

Sydney Council’s veil of secrecy

BY ANDREW WOODHOUSE Sydney City Council should start revealing itself. There - I’ve blown a new thought bubble. I want live streaming of council meetings via its own TV channel. When do I want it? Now! More exposure is a frightening thought in many ways, but is necessary for four reasons: 1. It will reveal […]

Newtown bucks a violent trend

BY LUCAS BAIRD A report carried out by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) shows violence has increased in areas not covered by Sydney’s Lockout Laws. The BOCSAR report shows areas including Newtown, Coogee, Bondi, and Double Bay have experienced a rise in violence of up to 17 percent. However, Newtown Greens MP, […]

Celebrate the Persian New Year

BY JESSICA HILL I didn’t know much about Persian cuisine before my chat with local restaurant owner, Maryam Azady. I soon discovered a cuisine with a long history, new flavours and lots of options for those who eat gluten free. Maryam has always been passionate about food and was taught to cook by her grandmother […]

Waterloo tenants speak up

BY STEPHANIE TILLER Community art project ‘We Live Here 2017’ is providing Waterloo public housing tenants with a platform to express how they feel about controversial plans to redevelop their homes. The project will see a light installation at Waterloo’s Matavai and Turanga Towers come to life in July, followed by a documentary in late […]

Randwick Mayor moves to extend booze ban at beach

By TALLULAH THOMPSON & DYLAN CRISMALE Randwick City Council has extended a temporary ban on alcohol at Coogee Beach until later this month. Randwick Mayor, Noel D’Souza, used his executive powers on March 1 to keep the ban in place after the Summer period. Councilors will decide if the ban should be permanent at a […]

Hindu community smoking mad

BY GEORGIA CLARK Angry members of the Hindu community have taken their campaign against an artwork depicting Lord Krishna holding a meth pipe to Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore. The President of the Universal Hindu Society, Rajan Zed, sent an email to Lord Mayor Clover after running a petition against the artwork last week. Mr […]

Elizabethan tragedy looms

BY ANDREW WOODHOUSE Sydney Harbour was first attacked by Japanese midget submarines during World War II. At midnight on 31st May, 1942, it became a war zone. Twenty one sailors were sent to a watery grave in the Kuttabul ferry where they’d been sleeping. Now our landmark harbour, and the jewel in Sydney’s crown, is under […]

Bondi homeless face uncertain future

BY JESSICA HILL The fate of the homeless group using Bondi Pavilion for shelter is up in the air as the redevelopment of the building moves closer. Aden Devine, 60, has been living at the Bondi Pavilion for the last 9 months. He hopes he’ll be allowed to stay there despite the plans for redevelopment. […]